According to Statistics Canada, nearly 17,000 new businesses opened in December. For three consecutive months, this figure has remained stronger than pre-COVID levels. Between 2015 and 2019, the monthly average was 15,725 new businesses created.
Torsten Huhse, a general residential contractor with Ostwall Contracting, says that the cause of these renovations could be that consumers notice how they could use space more practically. Spending time at home forces them to look at things they’ve always meant to fix, and now they finally have the time, Huhse said.
According to Comprar Acciones, an interactive educational platform based in Spain, the global consumer spend on health and fitness apps grew by nearly 50 per cent in 2020. Local behavioural changes and business strategies, prove this global trend to be present in the Waterloo Region.
The 68-year-old graduate of the broadcasting program donated $250,019.70 to the School of Creative Industries – the largest gift the college has ever received from an alumnus.
Many may argue that keeping these houses in pristine condition is the only way to maintain our local heritage. But that is simply not true. Instead of forcing homeowners to spend time and money on repairing these houses, why doesn’t the city invest in creating educational heritage spaces?
“There’s so much demand for books, puzzles, board games… it’s go-go-go all the time,” says Leah McGuire, an information specialist at the Queen’s Square branch of Idea Exchange Library.
Dealing with our mental health issues isn’t an impossible endeavour. It can take as little as 15 minutes of commitment a day.
According to psychologists, increasing COVID-19 numbers are linked to psychological habituation. When we are exposed to something consistently, people can experience emotional desensitization.
Despite the addition of new beds, departments and staff members, some of Ontario’s largest hospitals were already running at near full capacity in the recent months before the COVID-19 numbers even began to rise.
This new form of dining allows restaurant guests to safely and comfortably dine outside throughout the winter in a heated, plastic shaped dome.
New rules at pools in the Waterloo Region because of COVID-19 have altered the jobs of local lifeguards. Local recreation officials say the health and well being of staff and swimmers is their top priority.
According to Statistics Canada, the current unemployment rate has surpassed the peaks of the past recessions in the early 1980s, early 1990s, and late 2000s.
Canada’s largest chain of laser tag, Laser Quest, has decided to close their doors to all North American locations permanently in response to the financial struggles of COVID-19.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society has been working hard to make sure that every pet gets a forever place to stay, even during the pandemic. But it is not as simple as just keeping animals until they find their safe space.